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Safety Deficiencies Found During Small Fishing Vessel Inspections by Transport Canada

While safety on the water is paramount to all commercial fishers, Transport Canada is reporting that it continues to find deficiencies when conducting recent inspections of small fishing vessels in the Atlantic region. “Safety is a shared responsibility and it is important that all segments of the fishing industry continue their contribution to the implementation of the safety culture,” said Sau Sau Liu, Senior Communications Advisor for Transport Canada. Lui said the most common ...

Review Ordered for N.L. Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act

After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with little or no signs of letting up, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act is about to be put under the microscope — again. On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective bargaining model contained in sections 19.1–19.14 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. David Conway, former chair of the Labour Relations Board, has been appointed to undertake the ...

Record-Setting Replica Mako Shark Unveiled on Yarmouth Waterfront

Above: A life-size replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble has been installed at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. Kathy Johnson photo     In a lead up to this years’ Yarmouth Shark Scramble, a life-size replica of the record-setting mako shark caught during the 2004 Yarmouth Shark Scramble has been installed at Rudder’s Wharf on the Yarmouth waterfront. The shortfin mako shark was caught on rod and reel on Aug ...

Moratorium Announced for 3Pn4RS Gulf Cod

Recreational Groundfish Fishery Will Continue in Impacted Regions   Ironically, just two days after the 30th anniversary of the infamous 2J3KL Northern cod moratorium, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) surprised some when it announced there will be no directed commercial fishing of Northern Gulf cod this year in the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence (NAFO division 3Pn4RS). DFO said the moratorium was implemented because the Northern Gulf cod stocks are deep in the critical ...

DFO Increasing Vessel Length Limit for Under 40-Foot N.L. Inshore Sub-Fleets

Above: David Greening photo     The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced that it will increase existing vessel length limits for Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore fishing boats to provide more consistency in all Atlantic Canada regions. Specifically, the existing vessel length requirement for inshore sub-fleets, currently restricted to the less than 39’11” length in overall measurement, will increase to 49’11”. DFO said the announcem...

Herring Quota Cuts in Line with Industry Recommendations

Other Stakeholders Worry That They Don’t Go Far Enough   A 33 per cent decrease in the total allowable catch (TAC) for the Southwest Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy Atlantic herring is close to what was being recommended by industry, but does not go deep enough to rebuild the stock, say others. The TAC for the 2022 fishing season was set at 23,450 tonnes, representing a 33 per cent decrease from last year’s TAC of 35,000 tonnes. “The Atlantic herring stock in Southwest Nova ...

Atlantic Seal Science Task Team Report Well Received

Seals chowing down on lucrative, commercial fish species in Atlantic Canadian continues to be one of the biggest worries and complaints harvesters in the region have — but argue that their concerns are falling on deaf ears. However, is that finally about to change? In May, Federal Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray, released the report from the Atlantic Seal Science Task Team (ASSTT). The Task Team was established in March 2020 to gather input on science activities and programs related ...

Labrador Shrimp Company Donates EPIRBS to Area Harvesters

A total of 70 emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBS) were recently made available to commercial fishing enterprises in southern Labrador between L’Anse au Clair and Cartwright. The donation was made possible through a living memorial to two young harvesters who lost their lives while fishing on the Island Lady on September 17, 2021. Marc Russell, aged 25 from Mary’s Harbour and Joey Jenkins, aged 30 from Lodge Bay, failed to return home to their community and were never ...

Product Pricing Creating N.L. Industry Friction

Disputes and disagreements over prices are nothing new in the Newfoundland and Labrador fishing industry — in fact, some would call them the norm. However, a few months ago, this year had the promise of being a little different, as N.L. harvesters were anticipating record or near record price for snow crab and maybe even Northern shrimp. But things are not quite going as planned. Earlier this year, in N.L., where the crab price is chosen through a collective bargaining process by the ...

Challenging Lobster Season Wraps up in SWNS

Above: Lobster traps are offloaded from the Lady Joan at the Clark’s Harbour wharf on Cape Sable Island as the LFA 34 fishery winds down for another season. Kathy Johnson photos     Another lobster season is in the books for lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34. The six-month season closed on May 31 with a shore price of $10/pound. “As we reflect upon the fall, winter and spring lobster fishery in LFAs 33 and 34, it was in many respects challenging,” says Leo ...